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In this subject Santa is given a wide meaning encompassing the many characters who bring gifts for children during December, usually on December 6th, 24th or 25th.

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Australia
    Santa is commonly called   
Father Christmas
Also Santa Claus or just Santa
Australia
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Also Father Christmas or just Santa
Belgium
    Santa is commonly called   
Saint Nicholas
Sinterklaas, Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas. He is also known as De Goedheiligman (The Good Holy Man). Originally, the Sinterklaas feast celebrates the name day, 6 December, of Saint Nicholas (270–343), patron saint of children. Saint Nicholas brings children their presents. He rides a horse so they leave him hay and carrots and water for the horse.
Belgium
    Santa is commonly called   
Sinterklaas
Sint Nikolaas
Brazil
    Santa is commonly called   
Papai Noel
It is believed that he lives in Greenland. Because it is so warm in Brazil in December he usually wears light-weight, silk clothing. He brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve night. On Christmas morning the children find their shoes full of gifts, they also look for gifts that are hidden around the house.
Chile
    Santa is commonly called   
Viejo Pascuero
Old Man Christmas
China
    Santa is commonly called   
Dun Che Lao Ren
Christmas Old Man. Children hang muslin stockings hoping that Christmas Old Man will fill them with gifts and treats.
Denmark
    Santa is commonly called   
Julemanden
He arrives in a sleigh pulled by reindeer with a sack full of gifts. Danish children know the elves as Juul Nisse, and believe that they live in the attics of their homes. Instead of cookies and glasses of milk, they leave rice pudding and saucers of milk out for them.
Finland
    Santa is commonly called   
Joulupukki
The name Joulupukki literally means Christmas goat or Yule Goat. The Finnish word "pukki" comes from the Teutonic "bock" (equivalent of the English "buck", "Puck", or "billy-goat") and is an old Scandinavian tradition. Over time, the figure has become merged with Santa Claus.
France
    Santa is commonly called   
Pere Noel
"Father Christmas" or "Old Christmas"), sometimes called Papa Noël ("Daddy Christmas"), is a legendary gift-giver during Christmas in France, identified with Father Christmas. They share the characteristics of red outfit, workshop at the north pole, and team of the reindeer. According to tradition, on Christmas Eve children leave their shoes by the fireplace filled with treats for Père Noël's donkey, Gui (French for "Mistletoe") before they go to bed. Père Noël takes the offerings and, if the child has been good, leaves presents in their place. Presents are traditionally small enough to fit in the shoes; candy, money or small toys
Germany
    Santa is commonly called   
Christkindl
Christkind or Kris Kringle. There are the dozens of names used for the German Father Christmas or Santa Claus. The four main names are Weihnachtsmann, Nickel, Klaus and Niglo. Then there are many more local or regional names: Aschenmann, Bartl, Boozenickel, Hans Trapp, Klaubauf, Krampus, Pelznickel, Ruhklas, Ruprecht, and Schmutzli.
Germany
    Santa is commonly called   
Saint Nicholas
Germany
    Santa is commonly called   
Weihnachtsmann
There are the dozens of names used for the German Father Christmas or Santa Claus. The four main names are Kristkindl, Nickel, Klaus and Niglo. Then there are many more local or regional names: Aschenmann, Bartl, Boozenickel, Hans Trapp, Klaubauf, Krampus, Pelznickel, Ruhklas, Ruprecht, and Schmutzli.
Hawaii
    Santa is commonly called   
Kanakaloka
Hawaii
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Or just plain Santa. Also Kanakaloka
Hungary
    Santa is commonly called   
Mikulas
St. Nicholas. Visits children on December 6th, St. Nicholas' Day, which is the name day of "Miklós." Chidren put boots in the windows
Italy
    Santa is commonly called   
Babbo Natale
Babbo Natale, or Father Christmas is gaining popularity in Italy. Italy’s version of Santa Claus, is becoming more popular and gift giving on Christmas day is becoming more common. La Befana, the old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany, January 6 is still the more popular Christmas figure.
Italy
    Santa is commonly called   
La Befana
An old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany, January 6
Japan
    Santa is commonly called   
Hoteiosho
A Buddhist monk who acts like Santa Claus. He brings presents to each house and leaves them for the children. Some think he has eyes in the back of his head, so children try to behave like he is nearby.
Japan
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Or just “Santa”. Children often call him “Santa no Ojisan”, which means “Uncle Santa”.
Japan
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa No Ojisan
Uncle Santa
Luxembourg
    Santa is commonly called   
Saint Nicholas
Luxembourg
    Santa is commonly called   
Sinterklaas
Sint Nikolaas
Netherlands
    Santa is commonly called   
Saint Nicholas
Netherlands
    Santa is commonly called   
Sinterklaas
Sint Nikolaas. He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas' eve (5 December).
New Zealand
    Santa is commonly called   
Father Christmas
Also Sata Claus or just Santa
New Zealand
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Also Father Christmas or just Santa
Norway
    Santa is commonly called   
Julenissen
The name means "Christmas Elf", Jule or Yule being the classic name for the Christmas holiday
Poland
    Santa is commonly called   
Gwiazdor
"star man", for the North Star. He visits children on Christmas Eve, bringing presents. The Christmas Eve meal begins once the first star is seen. "Swiety Mikolaj" (Saint Nicholas) was a cardinal in the Catholic Church, he visits children on December 6th
Poland
    Santa is commonly called   
Saint Nicholas
Or Swiety Mikolaj
Poland
    Santa is commonly called   
Swiety Mikolaj
Or St. Nicholas, and it is on his feast day (Dec. 6th) that children receive presents. In some regions of Poland, Gwiazdor stands in for Mikolaj on December 24th.
Russia
    Santa is commonly called   
Ded Moroz
Translates to “Grandfather Frost” in English, but most English speakers simply call him “Father Frost.” Ded Moroz carries a staff and wears a long white beard. He protects his feet from the cold by tall valenki or leather boots. The three horses of the Russian troika offer enough power and speed to get Ded Moroz to where he needs to go. Ded Moroz delivers gifts on New Year's Eve. He is often accompanied by Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden.
Sweden
    Santa is commonly called   
Jultomte
Also Tomte, Nisse or Tomtenisse. Commercialism has made him look more and more like the American Santa Claus
The U.K.
    Santa is commonly called   
Father Christmas
The U.K.
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Also Father Christmas or just Santa
The U.S.A.
    Santa is commonly called   
Father Christmas
Also Santa Claus or just Santa
The U.S.A.
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Also Father Christmas or just Santa
Wales
    Santa is commonly called   
Father Christmas
Also Santa Claus or just Santa
Wales
    Santa is commonly called   
Santa Claus
Also Father Christmas or just Santa.
Wales
    Santa is commonly called   
Siôn Corn
Chimney John


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